Mountain goats use lockdown to invade Welsh seaside town


IN THE PAPERS - Wednesday, April 1: We look at criticism levelled against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over the coronavirus outbreak. Plus, Bill Gates outlines how the US can salvage its weak response to the pandemic. We also find out why some countries have banned April Fools' Day. And a crew of mountain goats invade a Welsh town that's become deserted because of the coronavirus!


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s dismissive attitude towards coronavirus is the focus of many opinion pieces today. Bolsonaro has called coronavirus a "tiny flu", told his people that we're all going to die one day and has even had his social media posts removed for infringing misinformation rules. For one writer from the Huffington PostBolsonaro’s macho politics, lack of intelligence and humility will lead to countless avoidable deaths. 

In today’s Washington Post, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates outlines how the US can make up for lost time in its slow response to the pandemic. Gates urges the government to impose a consistent nationwide shutdown, ramp up testing methods and while scientists try to work on solutions, he urges leaders not to stoke panic buying or hoarding of medication.

Today is of course April 1st, April Fools' Day, a day usually reserved for good-spirited pranks. But it seems that coronavirus has even managed to shut down jokes this year. The Jakarta Post reports that India, Thailand and Taiwan have banned jokes and threatened jail for those making them, out of fear of a spread of misinformation. Even Google has said it's sitting this year out, out of respect for those on the frontlines.

Finally, a crew of mountain goats have invaded a seaside town in northwest Wales. The cute but destructive animals have taken advantage of the lockdown, chewing through bushes, blocking traffic and grazing on church gardens! Locals say they’re cute but don’t smell so good and defecate everywhere! You can follow their adventures on this Welsh news site.

Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning

Take international news everywhere with you! Download the France 24 app